Juan Floyd-Thomas is the associate professor of African American religious history at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. He received his master’s degree at Temple University and his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. A renowned religious historian, Floyd-Thomas has spent his career examining American religious pluralism; new/alternative religious movements; and interdisciplinary approaches to the intersection of race, ethnicity, and religion in the United States, with a special emphasis on African American faith communities and religious experience. He is the author of several books including Black Church Studies: An Introduction (Abingdon Press, 2007), The Origins of Black Humanism: Reverend Ethelred Brown and the Unitarian Church (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), and Liberating Black Church History: Making it Plain (Abingdon Press, 2014). In addition to lecturing throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa, he was named the Sankofa Scholar by Candler School of Theology’s Black Church Studies Program.